KCAD in the News: February 2018
Billboard Campaign from Alumnus-Owned Ad Firm Powers Critically Acclaimed Film Through Hollywood Award Season A billboard campaign from alumnus Rob Jackson ('89, BFA Illustration) and his team at Extra Credit Projects is raising the profile of a movie about, well, billboards. The Grand Rapids ad agency’s campaign helped "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," one of 2017's most critically acclaimed films, run the table during Hollywood's annual awards season.
Alumna Consuelo Poland is a Champion of Creative Empowerment Alumna Consuelo Poland ('12, BFA Sculpture and Functional Art) is all about opening up opportunities for others, whether it’s helping Latina women build new creative skills as executive director of The Latinas Welding Guild or empowering makers in Indianapolis as the artistic foreman of RUCKUS Makerspace.
Industrial Design Students Collaborate with Grand Valley State University, GE Appliances A recent project gave students in the Industrial Design program the chance to design new products for FirstBuild (a subsidiary company of GE Appliances) alongside marketing and engineering students at Grand Valley State University.
Alumna Kristen Eakin Named Louie Award Finalist for 2018 Alumna Kristen Eakin's (’11, BFA Photography) paper goods company, Dote Note + Gift, has been named a Greeting Card Association 2018 Louie Award Finalist in the Friendship/Encouragement category for the "Good Things Take Time" greeting card.
New Exhibition Organized by Art Education Professor, Alumna Explores the Healing Power of Community and Creativity An upcoming exhibition organized by Art Education Professor Donna St. John and alumna Whitney Valentine ('12, BFA Art Education) reaches into the West Michigan community to showcase the power of creative expression to help people from all walks of life come together and overcome emotional adversity.
Hurricane-Inspired Series from Photography Student Ryan Kukalis Making Waves Photography student Ryan Kukalis had his photo series “Shaken Loose,” which depicts southwestern Florida in the aftermath of hurricane Irma, featured on the website of independent new photographic art publisher Aint – Bad, and on the website of Photo District News.
Furniture Design Alumna Angela Johnson Tapped to Helm Style N Living Market Expansion Angela Johnson ('87, BFA Furniture Design) has been retained by Style N Living to create new furniture collections for the North American market that will be unveiled in April at High Point Market.
Printmaking Program Chair Mariel Versluis Brings Equine Art to International Exhibition “Lineage & Legacy: The Imaged Horse,” a new exhibition at Ucross Foundation Art Gallery in Clearmont, Wyoming, features the work of 10 artists from around the world, including Professor and Printmaking Program Chair Mariel Versluis.
Alumnus Dustin Farnsworth Featured at Yuma Art Symposium The complex and intricate sculptures of alumnus Dustin Farnsworth (’10, BFA Sculpture and Functional Art) were recently featured in the 39th annual Yuma Art Symposium in Yuma, Ariz.